News: Bad Behaviour Reigns at the Office Christmas Party (and Home Workers Are the Worst Offenders)

New research from Avaya has revealed that many workers’ good intentions go out of the window when it comes to the office Christmas party.

In a survey of 2,000 home and office workers, 53% of respondents said they view the annual party as a strategic opportunity to network and build contacts. However, 38% of people admitted to drinking too much at previous parties, with 24% waking up the next day regretting their behaviour.

It seems that home workers are the worst behaved, with 13% of them saying they had verbally abused a colleague. For office-based workers the figure was lower, at 7%. 27% of workers said kissing the boss is the biggest party faux-pas, but 18% admitted they had done it – rising to 22% of home workers.

When asked what the worst thing about the Christmas party is, 44% said it’s having to spend time with colleagues they don’t know or like, 33% said it’s having to deal with drunken colleagues, and 21% said it’s having to restrain themselves in front of colleagues.

There was no clear preference when asked about their ideal Christmas party. 31% of respondents said they would prefer a civilised lunch, closely followed by a swanky evening do (28%), and then drinks down the pub (22%).

What’s your experience of the office Christmas party? Would you prefer a formal event or a low key gathering? Leave us a comment below to let us know your thoughts.

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